Hillary

Until I had a minor dental procedure at age 25, I had tiny little ridges on the bottom of my two front teeth. If you looked closely, they looked like a loose capital W, if you can picture that. I think a lot of people have them on their adult teeth, but they usually get […]

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Viktorija

I was always that awkward teenager that loved history and languages. However, I never really knew how to express it well when I was in high school and middle school only to be told that I was ugly, that I was too nerdy and that I was too boy like. Well, a few years later […]

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Becca

This photo was taken at the very beginning of seventh grade–my first year in junior high. My friends and I all laugh at this photo now, but I was nothing but serious about my look that day. I had done some babysitting during the summer so I could buy some new clothes for school, and […]

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David

What has changed since then: higher self-confidence, improved social skills, lower BMI. What hasn’t changed since then: proud nerd, bad at sports, amateur reader and gamer, popular science fan, childish behavior. I chose that picture because it was then when harassment by boys who were one and two years older began. It was subtle at […]

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Anthony

When i  was 14 years old i was picked on because i was going through a chubby stage, it wasn’t a good time in my life, however when i was 15 i decided to build my way up to becoming a bodybuilder, i now compete on stage in bodybuilding competitions and am successful with it, […]

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Leif

Guest Submission: Leif Then: 11 years old, 6th grade (first day of school in the US); Maui, Hawaii Now: 26 years old, dual-degree candidate at Harvard University; Cambridge, Massachusetts Being an immigrant when i was in middle school I was teased and made fun a lot because of my accent, and was bullied for being […]

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Katlynn

In high school, I was teased for a number of things. My name, the way I dressed, and for my love of reading and learning. I didn’t have many friends for this reason, but now I’m 21 years old, and living life to the fullest. What changed? I did. I realized after years of always […]

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Emma

I used to get teased all the time, for a lot of different reasons, and I was never considered the “pretty girl” at school. I was never very athletic or good at socializing. But it was during those years that I really started to develop my interests and my personality. And now I think I […]

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